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Ava Reese Harding

John and Jennifer (Watkins) Harding, of Denver, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Reese Harding, at 10:25 p.m. June 17, 2005.

Proud grandparents are Richard E. Watkins, of Glenwood Springs; Tana L. Watkins, of Colorado Springs; and Janie and Ira Brander, and Dennis Harding, all of Palm Desert, Calif.

Great-grandparents are Robert G. Watkins, of Tustin, Calif.; Beverly Campbell, of Mesa, Ariz.; and Milly Richards, of Palm Desert.

Navy Chief Petty Officer Ricky J. Gosnell, son of Thomas E. Gosnell, of Carbondale, recently retired after 21 years of outstanding service in the U.S. Navy. He served as leading chief petty officer of the aircraft division assigned to Helicopter Squadron 10, San Diego.

Throughout his career, Chief Petty Officer Gosnell served in various sea and shore billets, including leading chief petty officer, USS Constellation, homeported in San Diego; detachment LCPO, USS David R. Ray, now decommissioned; and instructor, Naval Aviation Maintenance Training Group Detachment, in Norfolk, Va.

During his career, he received several personal awards, campaign ribbons and medals, including three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medals and four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals.

Chief Petty Officer Gosnell is a 1983 graduate of Roaring Fork High School, and joined the Navy in January 1984.

Jacilyn Spuhler, director of the Garfield County Public Library system, has been elected to the executive board of the Marmot Library Network Inc. Spuhler represents the network’s public libraries throughout the Western Slope.

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